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Walgreens to Offer Over-the-Counter Access to Naloxone and Implement Drug Take-Back Program

Friday, February 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Glaittli
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Walgreens will make naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, available without a prescription at its pharmacies in 35 states and the District of Columbia, and the company will also install medication disposal kiosks in over 500 drug store locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia, by the end of the year. The naloxone program will roll out state by state throughout the year. The medication, administered by injection or nasal spray, became available without a prescription at Walgreens pharmacies throughout New York two weeks ago and will be introduced without a prescription in Indiana and Ohio later this month. The  press release indicates Walgreens is willing to work with regulators in states where a prescription is mandatory to allow for dispensing naloxone without a prescription.  

The safe medication disposal kiosk program will allow individuals to conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications free of charge. The kiosks will be available during regular pharmacy hours, mainly at those open 24 hours a day. The installation of the kiosks began in California. Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations, Richard Ashworth, stated “Walgreens pharmacists play an important role in counseling patients on the safe use of their medications, and now we are leading the way in retail pharmacy’s fight against prescription drug abuse.”

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